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@LGwalchmai95 @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Two men travelling in the TARDIS isn't something that's going to happen. It would also get a bad rep in the media. Media struggles in its portrayal of women enough, no female characters would just be a mistake.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours
It's funny because in retrospect, the 10th Doctor openers weren't particularly good. Not that they were bad, but just fairly average episodes. I doubt there's many people with any of these on their favourite episode list.
1 day, 14 hours ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
Nice deflection. Ramping up the ambiguity. Like, people are going to assume this means Clara could be leaving at the end of the series, but this could just be a throw off and she ends up returning for series 9. I'd be surprised that Jenna is so currently involved with the series when she's finished with it. Ah well, we'll see in 12 weeks!
1 day, 15 hours ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours
@Mark McCullough @troughton who? Thank you! That makes sense. I didn't realise it was an averaget apologise (I feel kind of stupid because I just noticed it's written directly above the ratings section... umm)
2 days, 12 hours ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones
@BigDaddyAW19 I don't think that's been confirmed, though.
2 days, 12 hours ago on Into The Dalek BBC Synopsis
@Exalos I just assumed it was River... until Clara didn't recognise her in Name...
2 days, 14 hours ago on Details on Series 8′s First Four Episodes
I love these articles, they're extremely well written, but I find the ratings to be quite confusing. 9.2/10?
2 days, 14 hours ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones
The premise of ...Sherwood wasn't one I initially liked, but reading that quote and synopsis... I can hear Capaldi saying that. I'm looking forward to it now.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Details on Series 8′s First Four Episodes
@The 4th Doctor @Americanwhovian The Fans wanted "The Eleven Doctors". We got "The Day of the Doctor". Which would've been better?
2 days, 19 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
Don't forget Anthony Ainley!
2 days, 20 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd Adric?
@BradleyWelling Usually they compensated for it by having minimal-Doctor/Companion episodes (Love & Monsters, Blink, Midnight/Turn Left, The Girl Who Waited/Closing Time, and I guess The Crimson Horror?) in order to squeeze in the tight schedule (Series 1 and Series 5 had larger schedules therefore did not require these). For some reason they may not have opted for this (tighter filming squeeze perhaps?).
4 days, 21 hours ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
@SeynabouMorganNdione @sontaran17 I don't think it helps she only got a half series, as well as being a "mystery" for most of it.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@The Living Angel @supermoff @TardisBoy "An Earthly Child" - Eighth Doctor, Big Finish productions.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@supermoff There's always rumours like this though. Rumours Capaldi would leave at the end of series 8. The Sun reported that Matt would leave at the end of Series 5, at the end of Series 6, then at the end of Series 7, then at christmas 2013 - then when Matt announced he was leaving, they got all smug as if they'd got it correct.
Great article, hope you continue after series 8 comes out. Out of curiosity why do people give so many 10/10s? I'm really finicky, I only give 10/10 to episodes I think are flawless. I haven't given a perfect 10/10 since series 6. Name, Day and Time get an 8, 9 and 9 respectively.
6 days, 23 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
Do whatever you want Mr. Capaldi. I don't want you to leave, but if you want to go by no means feel pressured by anyone to stay.
1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
@Stradiwhovius Moffat's had Daleks less often than RTD (in cameo appearances yes, but only two where they're the main villain as opposed to 5 for Tennant.
2 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
@theballaam96 @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @supermoff The only problem is that the fandom are largely self indulgent. If it was down to the fandom, we would've had a three hour long 50th special starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Tom Baker, with Sean Pertwee, David Troughton andDavid Bradley playing the first three, along with appearances from Rose Tyler, the Meta-Crisis Doctor, Martha, Captain Jack, River Song, Amy, Rory, Donna, Mickey, Susan Foreman, Barbara and Ian, Sarah Jane, Jo Grant, Jamie, Zoe, Romana, K9 Mark I, Leela, Tegen, Adric, Nyssa, Turlough, K9 Mark II, Ace... whilst the villains would've been a united team of Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons, Weeping Angels, Slitheen, Vashta Nerada, Abzorbaloffs, Krotons, Menoptera, Ice Warriors, led by a coalition of Davros, the Master, the Rani, Omega, Morbius, and Michael Grade. It would be immensely fan pleasing, but it would've been terrible. I'd take subtle storytelling over that any day. It would be cool to have the Master back - but it's not the best in terms of storytelling.
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @ClaireAbraham @troughton who? @TheElusiveWhovian but Doctor Who had never been retired in a dignified manner - it didn't end on a satisfactory note, it was cancelled. There were new stories to tell. In the Master's case, he finally realised the origin of his insanity, he made peace with the Doctor at last, and attacked the people responsible. In my eyes, that redeemed him to an extent. Bringing him back would destroy that, and it would require him to discard the peace he made with the Doctor, suddenly turning into a Machiavellian villain again.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan Why do you want subtle? The Doctor's face has never been subtle, bar Matt's.
2 weeks ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
@theballaam96 But why? The Master overcame his ways, and made peace with the Doctor. Why's he suddenly going to turn evil again? 4 the lulz?
@TheElusiveWhovian And in my opinion, that's what's wrong with sci-fi - it never knows when to retire a villain in a dignified manner.
This is what I've though all along. I really think the Master's story has been told, and bringing him back would ruin the great ending we had - the Master had finally made peace with the Doctor. People want to bring him back because he's a "traditional" villain, like Davro, but I honestly think those villains would be more effective if they were never, ever brought back. Invent a new arch-nemesis of the Doctor's, please. I don't care about tradition.
I'm almost certain Capaldi will at least follow the "Troughton Rule" (3 complete seasons/series). What do I hope? He'll do about 5. What do I dream? He'll do eight whole series and beat Tom Baker's record (to be fair, I wish that of every Doctor).
2 weeks ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?
@TheLostDoctor Get rid of the gags, keep the wit. You don't have to strip away humour to make something dark. You can have dark films with humour - ever heard of black comedies?
2 weeks, 1 day ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring New Dalek Clips
@TheIdleIdol Tom only refused to do the 20th because he'd left the show only 2 years before. He did do the 30th (if you can actually consider it an anniversary...)!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on No 10th Anniversary Special For New Who?
That being said, why don't we have a special to mark the 20th anniversary of the TV movie?
Just dedicate an episode of series 9 to mark it. That what they did with The Three Doctors, the 10th anniversary, and Silver Nemesis, the 25th anniversary. It'll please the crowd while meaning an actual special doesn't have to be made.
@The_Eternal_Dalek @the666thdoctor It was claimed in the media that Capaldi had only signed a one year contract, thus the reason why there was speculation he would only last one year. Whether it was true or not, I'm not sure. The only reason Eccleston didn't sign a multiple year contract was because the BBC weren't sure if there would be a second series or not.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi & Coleman Back For 2014 Christmas Special
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @ Notsosmartguy @Antee991166 10 was not two Doctors! He did not change his face thus remains the same doctor.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor
@SteviePenny Because you are limited by a broadcasting schedule. It's why films and programmes have deleted scenes.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes
@Americanwhovian I hope he's as good as Colin!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor
@robohappy @The_Eternal_Dalek I've seen more young boys say they're going to stop watching than I've seen young girls. The idea that a large percentage of the female fan base are leaving isn't true. Just because some girls on twitter complained he isn't hot like David or Matt. People seem to think men are bigger doctor who fans than women, and women are only here because the actor is hot. No! Every fan is here for the show, not the actor.
@SephoraNeedSeries8 @troughton who? The funny thing is I assumed it would be terrible and ended up enjoying it... maybe it's just the relief of not having another base under siege episode again?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
Is it me, or does Capaldi look different as the Doctor than he did as Caecilius or Frobisher? Anyway, I'm not bothered. Think about it - there's 7 billion alive on earth today. Now think about every human that there have ever lived, and all the humans that will ever be. Now take that to mean every humanoid looking species in the entire universe - a number I can probably express in standard form. Quite a lot, eh? I'm sure that in history there have been many people that just so happen to be identical. Big deal!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma
@SephoraNeedSeries8 Impossible on screen perhaps, but in prose you are much freer in what you can show.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on George Mann on Writing the War Doctor
The funny thing is Brian Blessed is a really good actor capable of some great, nuanced performances (have you seen him in I, Claudius?). I'm 129% sure he would've been brilliant.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Brian Blessed Could Have Been the Doctor
@DasManiac And you are aware Gareth Roberts is pretty much a veteran Doctor Who writer, he's been writing since the early 90s Virgin books. The Waters of Mars - a great episode! The Shakespeare Code and The Unicorn and the Wasp were decent enough. Doesn't seem right to say the show isn't for him. The Well-Mannered War and The English Way of Death are great stories!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
@DasManiac Cold War was well received.
@SephoraNeedSeries8 The Space Pirates is amazing! If not slightly bizarre.
If there's demand for it, and it's popular enough, why not?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?
I probably wouldn't call The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances dark either. It's got a grim atmosphere, but it's horror, not tonally dark. The message of the story is overall positive as opposed to negative. There are plenty of grim episodes that you might superficially call dark because of the atmosphere, but actually aren't. The Unquiet Dead. Hide. Asylum of the Daleks. This is "Doctor Who does horror". Dark, at least in my opinion, is pessimism. Pessimism about human nature. Pessimism about human society. Colour palette and music are insignificant. Heck, The Day of the Doctor wasn't dark, because there was no moral (aside from "don't commit genocide" but, hey). It was a story about the Doctor, not about human nature. Torchwood: Children of Earth was dark, not because it killed people, and because it killed kids, but because it showed how figures high in office were willing to sacrifice the lives of people they thought "below them", and a man who was so desperate to save his family he chose to kill them and then commit suicide instead of letting them be taken to be processed as an alien drug. (and hey! that actor looks similar to the guy playing the doctor now! ^-^)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?
A dark story: one that breaks the illusion of the "sparkly warkly everything is future pretty". It's gritty, it's slightly dystopian. The amount of death in the episode is insignificant. Voyage of the Damned has plenty of death, but it's not a dark episode. Blink, whilst scary, is not a dark episode. Midnight is a dark episode, because it explores the darker side of human nature (human tendency to panic and blame in crises).
The Caves of Androzani is one of the darkest stories on the show. Logopolis on the other hand isn't dark at all, despite approximately one quarter of the universe being destroyed (highest death count in a doctor who story?). Stories like The Rings of Akhaten are very sparkly warkly, it's one of those breathtaking episodes where you marvel at the future and the alienness of space despite the threat that's presented.
On the other hand there are episodes like The Long Game/Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, which I would very much argue are dark episodes (despite comic relief) because they present a very cynical look at the future and human society (obsession with reality television, manipulation by an unknown entity). It breaks the illusion of the "travelling with the doctor looks so cool!" claim, because suddenly this is something you probably wouldn't want to be faced with. It makes the future actually look rather horrific.
@Timmy2423 Numbers himself by regeneration, NOT by which "doctor" he is. The fourth regeneration is the fifth doctor, aka the fifth actor to play the lead. But the Doctor doesn't go around saying "I'M THE FIFTH DOCTOR". He was just responding to a question of how many regenerations he had faced since.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title
Also, how far do you take it? Will there be a 20th anniversary in 2025? 2035? After the hypothetical 100th anniversary, will we have a 50th anniversary of the reboot. What if the show is cancelled and brought back again? Will there be 3?
1 month ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?
We only had new series doctors in the 50th (bar a short appearance from Paul McGann)… a new series doesn't work because Doctor Who is one show, with a short break between 1989 and 2005. If the 2005 series was a reboot (à la battlestar galactica), maybe, but a 10th anniversary special of a return? Why? We shouldn't get greedy over anniversary specials. We have a problem enough of new who fans ignoring the old series almost like Doctor Who first aired in 2005 - a tenth anniversary special only implies this further.
We don't need a special. The 10 Doctors in 1972 was just an anniversary themed regular episode of the series. I wouldn't mind that, perhaps, say the series finale, but a whole special? Nah
In the first Meanwhile in the TARDIS minisode, the Doctor states that his form is what he really looks like, in response to Amy's speculation it was a disguise. There are many alien races in the universe that happen to be humanoid - if it's down to perception, how come only certain ones are perceived in such a way? Pretty sure it's stated in spin off media that humans (and other species) look Gallifreyan due to Time Lord meddling-stuff.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why does the Doctor LOOK human?
Tried to forget? I HAD forgotten it, until you went and reminded me... thanks :(
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful
@Amy is Hannibal Yeah, the Eighth Doctor isn't really *that* different to 10 and 11 in personality, and so we wouldn't have had the same contrast and clash of personalities that Hurt gave
1 month, 2 weeks ago on McGann Doubtful on Return, Spin-off